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Ascent of Randolph County High Point on 2007-04-06

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, April 6, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Randolph County High Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:1240 ft / 377 m

Ascent Trip Report

Friday, 4/6/2007

Today I have traveled from Adams Co. to Jay Co. to Randolph Co. These HP’s are all relatively near to each other as one travels south along the Ohio – Indiana state line. The temps were still cool – in the 20’s to 30’s – and it was early enough in the farming season that my visit did not disturb any crops in the fields. In fact, each field I visited was still stubble from the previous year. No new crop activity had been sown.

I followed the Bob Schwab trip report without difficulty. For the nine areas of the county, I began with the three areas in section 35. Since I was traveling from the north, I approached area 1 from the north along IN 227. I arrived at the mailbox for 10396 S SR 227, the home of Wanita Wiley. I turned right (west) and followed the long drive up to the house and barn area. I turned around, parked, and walked to the house to obtain permission.

I knocked at the door nearest the driveway and was greeted by an elderly woman who acknowledged that she was Wanita Wiley. I told her the purpose for my visit and asked permission to visit the windmill area on her property. She told me the ground was firm and easy enough to drive to that area. If I wanted to continue farther, I could follow the farm lane to the next house south that was owned by her grandson. I thanked her for her permission.

I got back in my car and turned around to drive to the windmill that sits on area 1. The windmill site itself was truly the highest point on this contour, but I could not make any determinations about areas 2 and 3, which could be seen from here to the south and southwest. I returned to my car and drove back to IN 227 via Wanita’s driveway rather than continuing on to her grandson’s property.

To visit areas 2 and 3, I drove south on IN 227 to the Randolph – Wayne county line, labeled by Randolph County as CR 1100S. I turned right (west) and drove about 0.2mi to the site where I expected to find the long access road to the barn mentioned by Bob Schwab. The barn could easily be seen out in the field, but the farm lane itself had been severely overgrown and now looked like the rest of the farm field. I parked and prepared to hike to areas 2 and 3.

It began to snow with some rather large snowflakes, and that motivated me to move as swiftly as I could. I walked basically due north to the barn area, a distance of about 0.25mi verified by my pedometer. The land basically slopes up to the barn area with no clear highpoint found. I wandered around the barn just to satisfy myself that I had considered all ground. I also looked back northeast toward the area 1 windmill, but I could not determine whether this land was higher or lower.

Looking out into the farm field to the west, I spied a hill that was the highest contour shown as area 3 on the topo map. Again, my pedometer showed that I hiked about 0.25mi along this course to reach the highest land in area 3. The power lines shown on the topo are still there too. I set my sites on my car, still visible to the southeast, and I completed the uneventful hike back to the car. Total time for areas 2 and 3 was about 25 minutes with about 0.9mi of hike.

Daylight savings time certainly aids these after-work treks. Normally, it would be getting dark as I got back to the car at about 7:08pm. But DST was implemented in Indiana earlier than ever this year, and the resulting additional hour of light made it possible to complete this journey in one trip. I drove west past Elliot Road and found the mailbox marked 3611. I parked my car not far past the mailbox and walked back to that area to look north. Area 4 is a large contour that begins near the mailbox and extends narrowly into the field north of there. I physically stepped on the part of the contour nearest the road, but I waited until areas 5 and 6 to visit the northernmost part of this contour. The middle land dips down a bit and is not a HP candidate.

I returned to my car and drove west a bit to the farm lane that runs north into the fields along the eastern side of a row of tree and brush growth. I parked my car on the eastern side of this lane at the obvious ridge of this landscape, and I visited the field to the east that was the revisit to contour 4. For contour 5, I followed this ridge west across another field to what I believe was the high ground near the western edge and another tree and brush row. Finally, I looped north to hike over the contour 6 as I made my way back to the car. Total time was only 6 minutes to complete all hiking from this parking spot.

The final three contours are a bit farther away. Returning to CR 1100S, I drove west until the road reached a dead-end at Boundary Road. I turned right (northeast) onto this diagonally directed road. I drove past CR 1000S to the left and a home at another corner on the right. I pulled off the side of the road shortly past this trailer home. This spot was directly east of areas 8 and 9.

I hiked west into the farm field to visit the southwestern area 8 first. Nothing particularly interesting was noted as I wandered around this contour. I then turned my hike northeast to visit nearby area 9. Once I visited this area, I returned north and east to my car. This final walk took me along the edge of a brushy, unfarmed (but not a woods) area north of contours 8 and 9. At one point, I entered the brush to inspect what was a high mound that might compete with areas 8 and 9. I found a deteriorated, grown-over building site, and a former building was falling over at this high ground. I was not sure whether this land was natural or man-made, so I invite future visitors to examine this area and form their own conclusions. It took a hike of about 0.5mi to visit these two areas.

For the final contour of the county, I drove my car a bit farther northeast to reach the long lane that Bob Schwab refers to as the Claude Moody property. I turned left and drove up the lane to park near the home. A couple of dogs were barking, but no one was home. So I quickly walked around the home area, calling out so all would know I was there. No one answered, and I did not stay long. I noted a bit of a rise in the back yard to the north of the house. I also noted a more significant rise to the south that was in the northern edge of the brushy area found with contours 8 and 9. I walked over and stepped onto this higher ground just in case this turns out to be the high ground of the county. At 7:52pm, in the final moments of daylight, I left this area and celebrated the bagging of Randolph County.
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